Nothing says winter holidays like a pine-themed drink. This one by bartender Carmen Polcyn at the now-closed Bar Toma in Chicago also utilizes cranberries and lemon, making it even more festive. Sip the nonalcoholic version all day, or make the cocktail at night for a cool, yet warming, seasonal tipple.
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- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce pine syrup*
- 15 fresh cranberries
- 1 ounce gin or vodka
- 1 ounce lemon-lime soda, to top
- Garnish: 3 cranberries
- Garnish: pine sprig
Add the bitters, lemon juice, pine syrup and cranberries to a shaker, and muddle the cranberries.
Add the gin or vodka (optional) and ice, and shake until chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
Top with the lemon-lime soda.
Garnish with 3 cranberries and a sprig of pine.
*Pine syrup: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring until dissolved. Reduce heat to low, and add a handful of chopped pine needles. Stir and remove from heat, and let sit for two hours. Strain out solids. Will keep, refrigerated, for up to three weeks.